- See the need
- Visualize the desired results
- Make the decision to start
- Set goals
- Take measurements and body fat
- It's crucial to document your losses of fat and gains of muscle so you can track your success.
- GREAT LASTING results are more accurately tracked this way, instead of by weight, because muscle weighs more than fat (one pound of muscle is smaller in size than one pound of fat).
- Know how to get the best out of your workouts
- The type of workout you do
- Don't over-train
- Know how to read your body
- Don't settle for less than your best
- Push yourself and your training partner
- Consistency pays BIG dividends
- The most important part of your overall health & fitness, next to nutrition
- It involves the conditioning and strengthening of the heart, lungs and all the blood vessels.
- It facilitates all fluid transport and exchange in the body.
- The most important part of having a tone body. It involves the conditioning and strengthening of the muscular and structural systems.
* Extremely important - frequently overlooked *
- exhale on the contraction (positive) phase of the exercise; which is also when you exert the most energy
- inhale during the relaxation (negative) phase of the exercise pay attention and practice - you WILL get better results
For example: a biceps curl with a bar
positive phase = curling the bar up
negative phase = when bar goes back down
The positive phase is not the same for each muscle group. Usually it follows :
Back and biceps is when you pull to you
Chest and triceps is when you push away from you
Quadriceps (front of the leg) is when you extend out or up
Hamstrings (back of the leg) is when you curl in
(In person I can really show you how to master this!)
- for most people - especially the beginner - a two count during the positive phase and a four count during the negative phase - after you've mastered this you can try a variation of a 1 count on the positive phase and a two count on negative phase
- there are variations for the advanced and training specific individuals, but it is good advice not to change your rate until you are positive that you KNOW how to contract and control your muscles effectively
- probably the most important factor in getting the most from your workouts
- you must learn how to isolate the muscles you are training by squeezing or flexing only the muscles you are training and blocking out the rest of the "secondary" muscles
- move throughout the full range of motion contracting the muscle group you are training and the negative phase should be controlled by the same muscles - do not just relax them control the weight
Samantha Taylor - Health & Fitness Expert, Certified Personal Trainer, Life Coach & Professional Speaker
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